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Franklin County unemployment down to 6.4 percent

Labor department analysis indicated the new restaurants off Exit 17 contributed to a 300-job increase

January 03, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — New businesses off Exit 17 of Interstate 81 in Franklin County, Pa., helped the county’s unemployment rate drop to 6.4 percent in November.

The county’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point from October to November, according to the latest data from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry.

Neighboring Fulton County’s seasonally adjusted rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 8.7 percent.

Labor department analysis indicated the new Olive Garden, Texas Roadhouse and LongHorn Steakhouse off Exit 17 contributed to a 300-job increase in the leisure and hospitality sector.

Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce President David G. Sciamanna said the growth at Exit 17, which is the Norland and Fifth avenues area, is a “lifeline” to the Borough of Chambersburg because of businesses’ effect on the tax base and new jobs.

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“The bigger picture is it’s been a tremendous boost for the entire county. People who used to go out of the county for their shopping now go there,” Sciamanna said.

The commercial development that has occurred off Exit 17 in a down economy feeds off of strong work force at places like Letterkenny Army Depot, Sciamanna said.

“It’s sort of the manifest of the overall economic strength of the county. Franklin County has really weathered the downturn well,” he said.

Franklin County gained 1,600 jobs between November 2011 and November 2012, outpacing the state average rate.

Pennsylvania’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased three-tenths of a percentage point to 7.8 percent. The national rate fell two-tenths of a point to 7.7 percent.

Franklin County tied with neighboring Adams County for the sixth lowest unemployment rate among Pennsylvania’s 67 counties in November, labor department analysis stated.

Fulton County tied with three other counties for the 48th spot.

Unemployment figures

Franklin County, Pa.
November 2012 ..... 6.4 percent
October 2012 .... 6.6 percent
September 2012 .... 6.8 percent
November 2011 ..... 6.5 percent

Fulton County, Pa.
November 2012 .... 8.7 percent
October 2012 .... 8.6 percent
September 2012 .... 9 percent
November 2011 .... 8.9 percent

Statewide
November 2012 ... 7.8 percent
October 2012 .... 8.1 percent
September 2012 ... 8.2 percent
November 2011 ..... 7.8 percent

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